Rihanna (born Robyn Rihanna Fenty; 20.2.1988) is the first female from Barbados to have received a Grammy Award and is currently signed to the Def Jam Recordings record label. She was presented with an area of land in Appes Hill, St. James, Barbados, in a tribute to her work.
Net worth: Rihanna's earnings are $43 million according to Forbes as of June 2013.
Rihanna's Childhood Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna is the daughter of Ronald Fenty (of African and Irish descent) and Monica Fenty, who has a Guyanese ancestry. In Combermere Schoool, she formed a musical group with two of her classmates. In 2004, she was crowned Miss Combermere in a local beauty pageant, as well as performing in the 'Colours Of Combermere' school show. She received her big break aged 15, when a friend introduced her to Evan Rogers, a music producer who was on vacation on the island. Rogers and his partner, Carl Sturken recorded Rihanna's material in the U.S. and sent it to various record companies. One of these copies reached Jay-Z, who eventually signed her to his Def Jam label.
Musical Career: Rihanna has named Beyonce, Brandy Norwood and her upbringing in the Caribbean as the major influences on her music. Music Of the Sun was Rihanna's debut album, released in 2005. 'Pon de Replay' was one of the singles released from the album. The track was co-written by Rogers, Sturken and Rihanna and reached number two in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the UK singles chart. The album itself received platinum certification for selling over 2 million units worldwide and Rihanna promoted the album by touring as Gwen Stefani's opening act. The second single from the album, 'If It's Lovin' That You Want', was significantly less successful, reaching 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 in the UK charts. A third single, 'Let Me', was released in Japan only.
Less than eight months after the release of her debut album, Rihanna launched a second album, A Girl Like Me, in 2006. The album went into the U.S. charts at number five. And the main single from the track, 'SOS', was used in a Nike advertising campaign. 'SOS' became the first number one Billboard single for Rihanna. Her third top 10 U.S. hit came with 'Unfaithful', written by the R&B singer Ne-Yo, though its follow-up, 'We Ride' was less successful, which failed to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. 'Break It Off', featuring Sean Paul, was her fourth single from the album. Digital download sales helped the song jump from 52 to number 9.
Good Girl Gone Bad, her third album, was recorded with Timbaland, Ne-Yo and Stargate and released in 2007. Jay-Z and Ne-Yo also feature on the album and Justin Timberlake co-wrote 'Rehab' and sang backing vocals for the track. The album went three times platinum on the United World Albums Chart. The first single from the album, 'Umbrella', which featured Jay-Z, was a number one hit in a number of countries. In the UK, it was the longest running number one single since Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around' (1994) and the longest running number one by a female artist since Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' (1992). With 8,160,000 points on the United World Chart, it was the most successful song of 2007. 'Umbrella' was followed by the singles 'Shut Up And Drive', 'Don't Stop The Music' and 'Hate That I Love You'.
In November 2009, Rihanna released her fourth album 'Rated R', which featured guest spots from Slash, will.i.am and Jeezy. The album debuted at number four in the US Billboard 200 albums charts, selling 181,000 copies in the United States in its first week, giving Rihanna her highest first-week sales in the US at that time.
Rihanna released her fifth album 'Loud' in 2010. 'Loud' debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 207,000 copies in its first week, making it her fastest selling album at the time. The album featured guests Drake and Nicki Minaj and had some of Rihanna's most popular singles, namely 'What's My Name?' and 'Only Girl (In The World)'. That year saw her first collaboration with Eminem in the smash hit 'Love the Way You Lie'.
In 2011, Rihanna followed up 'Loud' with her sixth album 'Talk That Talk', which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 198,000 copies in the United States. The album is platinum in the United States. Guest spots on this album included Jay-Z and Calvin Harris.
Rihanna's seventh album, 'Unapologetic' was released in November 2012. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 238,000 copies in its first week, giving Rihanna her first number one album in the United States and bestselling debut week of her career. Rihanna recruited previous producers, such as The-Dream, Chase & Status and David Guetta, to work with new producers such as Parker Ighile, Mike Will Made-It and Labrinth. The album has been certified platinum in the United States. The song 'Nobody's Business' caused controversy as it featured Rihanna's abusive ex-partner Chris Brown. Rihanna has received twenty-three Grammy nominations including record of the Year, Best Rap / Sung Collaboration, Best R&B performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Dance Recording. She also obtained seven Grammys including Song of the Year and Best R&B song.
Accolades attributed to Rihanna include: World's Best Selling Pop Female Artist and Entertainer of the Year at the World Music Awards, Favourite Female Artist - Soul / R&B at the American Music Awards, and best R&B song, for 'Shut Up and Drive' at the 2008 People's Choice Awards.
Personal Life: In 2009 it was reported that Rihanna's partner at the time, singer Chris Brown, had violently attacked her. Brown was charged for assault and making criminal threats and later pled guilty to felony assault. He was given five years' probation and a restraining order. In 2013, Rihanna admitted that she was once again in a relationship with Brown, however Brown stated that the two had broken up again in May that year. Rihanna also had a relationship with Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp from late 2009 to 2010. Speculation also suggested she had dated rapper Drake.
Vanessa Hudgens, in a recent interview, explained how she had supported Selena Gomez at the Met Gala when there was a possibility Gomez would see her ex, Justin Bieber.
Vanessa Hudgens supported Selena Gomez at the Met Gala earlier this month when there was a chance Gomez may have bumped into her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. 26-year-old Hudgens revealed she hadn't specifically intervened in ensuring Gomez avoided Bieber but had been there for her best friend throughout the event.
Vanessa Hudgens heading to the Met Gala earlier this month.
Barbadian pop star Rihanna was spotted out and about wearing a San Antonio Spurs basketball jersey while she was doing some shopping on SoHo with a friend in New York City, New York, United States - Friday 8th May 2015
You can always count on the Met Ball to bring out some of the year’s craziest fashions.
Last night the world’s most famous and fashionable descended upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York for the annual Met Gala, a celebration of fashion that always delivers some seriously out-there looks. This year the Gala’s official theme was ‘China: Through The Looking Glass,’ but on the red carpet the nearly nude look ruled for some, while for others it was all about making an unforgettable fashion statement.
Rihanna in Guo Pei
First let’s look at Rihanna, the singer who literally stole the show last night. Dressed in an awe inspiring yellow Guo Pei gown, Rihanna had jaws dropping all along the Met’s red carpet. Lined with yellow fur and covered in embellishments Ri-Ri’s dress was an internet meme creator’s dream and it ended up being compared to everything from Big Bird to an omelette online.
Rihanna - Celebrities arrive at their hotel prior for 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 4th May 2015
Rihanna - A variety of stars turned out in style for the MET Gala 2015 and the opening of 'China: Through The Looking Glass' which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 4th May 2015
Chris Brown is reportedly suspected of assault. The incident occurred during a basketball game in Las Vegas on Monday (4th May).
Chris Brown allegedly assaulted a man during a heated argument. The incident reportedly occurred during a basketball game in Las Vegas in the early hours of Monday (4th May) morning. According to reports in TMZ, Brown has been named as a suspect by the police.
Chris Brown is reportedly suspected of assaulting a man during a basketball game.
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BET is reviving the hidden camera series 'Punk'd'.
Punk'd is returning to television! BET will revive the hidden camera series created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. The network made the announcement at their upfront presentation on Thursday (23rd April).
Ashton Kutcher created and hosted the original series of Punk'd.
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The megastar has been the subject of accusations of cocaine use in the last few days, but has strongly denied them.
Rihanna has responded humorously to the allegations that she used cocaine at last weekend’s Coachella festival.
On Tuesday evening (April 14th), the ‘B***h Better Have My Money’ singer posted a picture on her Instagram page of her sipping a can of Coke with a straw, with the hashtag ‘#petty’ beneath it.
Rihanna responded to recent allegations with a humorous photo on Instagram
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The rap megastar at the centre of the Tidal streaming re-launch has removed his debut album from Spotify.
The much discussed Tidal revolution seems to already be taking effect. Having purchased the new streaming service as part of a joint venture and re-launching it as an “artist friendly” business model, Jay Z has removed his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt from Spotify.
The rapper removed his album overnight between Monday and Tuesday, and it is currently unavailable to stream in the US and Canada. It is, for the moment, still accessible for UK users. Instead, North American fans can find it on – you guessed it – Tidal.
Jay Z has removed his debut album 'Reasonable Doubt' from Spotify
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Rihanna backed Jay Z and her LGBT fans in Indiana.
Rihanna has dropped a brand new track, the poetically titled American Oxygen, and in the process, declared her allegiance for Jay Z's new streaming service, Tidal. The track is Rihanna's take on the "American dream," but you've probably guessed this from the title already.
Rihanna has also stepped up in support of Jay Z's new service.
The news here is that Rihanna, just like Beyonce before her and Madonna before that has lent her support for Jay Z's artist-friendly alternative to services like Spotify. On Saturday, Beyoncé also debuted her new track Die With You exclusively on the site. American Oxygen is only available to Tidal subscribers, whose numbers are still disappointingly small. Maybe it's the $10 subscription fee?
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Ri-Ri has followed in the footsteps of Beyonce by releasing her new music exclusively on Jay-Z’s streaming service.
On Saturday night Rihanna debuted her new song ‘American Oxygen’ at the March Madness Music Festival in Indianapolis. But no sooner than fans could scourer the internet for a clip of Ri-Ri performing the track, the full studio version dropped...on Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal.
If you’re desperate to hear Rihanna’s new track it might be time to buy a Tidal subscription.
Yes, following Beyonce who, as an anniversary gift to her husband, made her track 'Die With You' available exclusively on Tidal, Rihanna has made sure her latest song will only be heard by Jay-Z’s subscribers.
It seems some observers feel like they’ve heard Rihanna’s latest single before.
Rihanna has been accused of plagiarising a little known rapper named Just Brittany with her latest single ‘Bitch Betta Have My Money’. The accusations started when some fans of the Texan rapper pointed out similarities between Rihanna’s latest single and Just Brittany's similarly titled, ‘Betta Have My Money’.
Has Rihanna plagerised rapper Just Brittany?
Just Brittany released her track on SoundCloud nine months ago, but it has gained more attention since being compared to Rihanna’s new song. While the titles of the tracks are almost identical, the similarities are thought by some observers to go a little deeper.
Rihanna is dressed in green Versace as she performs her latest single 'B***h Better Have My Money' from her upcoming album live for the first time at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards alongside a helicopter stage set-up.